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November 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Lessons in Leadership

November 4, 2016
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Taylor Branch will explore how the citizens' movement around Dr. King is a patriotic model for the future, not the past, promising once again to overcome gridlock and other intractable barriers along with race. Read More »

Ears to the Rail: Ulysses S. Grant and the Art of Listening

November 5, 2016
9:30 am – 10:45 am
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Professor Elizabeth Samet will focus on the career of Grant as an illustration of the importance of listening and patient observation to the leadership of enterprises large and small. The lecture will also address the potential of literature to help cultivate such leadership. (Registration required.) Read More »

Confucius Says, “Lead Them with Virtue”

November 5, 2016
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
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Led by: Daniel Gardner, Dwight W. Morrow Professor of History, Smith College. In premodern China, Japan, and Korea, Confucian teachings were akin to state orthodoxy. This orthodoxy held that the ruler and his officials were to govern the people paternalistically—not democratically, not representatively. Their right to rule was grounded in their cultivated goodness and wisdom, in their capacity to give the people moral guidance. (Registration required.) Read More »

Military Leadership and the Cost of War: From the Iliad to the Present Day

November 5, 2016
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
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The questions at the heart of the Iliad concern the challenges of military leadership. Caroline Alexander, translator of the critically acclaimed translation of the Iliad, and Elizabeth D. Samet, editor of Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers, will explore together the challenges of military leadership and the costs of war. (Registration required) Read More »

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